Awards and Recognitions



Winner, four Silver Awards from the Kansas City Public Relations Society (KC-PRS),

For excellence in directing the launching and promotion of a local non-profit organization

Winner, national-level Gold and Silver Telly Awards for work in interactive media,
For animation, video graphics, and interactive program development

  of Motional Multimedia owner, Nancy Zurbuchen

Gold Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Stevie Awards for Women in Business, 2013
In recognition of three decades of organizational leadership, non-profit board service, and diligent public policy advocacy for women business owners.

Serves on the State of Missouri Advisory Board for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2012-2015

Serves on the National Advisory Board for the National Women Business Owner Corporation (NWBOC), and site visitor for WBE Certifications, 2002-2015

Gubernatorial appointment, 2007-2010; Senatorial appointment, 2012-2015 to Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board, past Chair
This board is charged with the task of ensuring that Missouri state agency rules and regulations do not create an unfair burden on small businesses, and to ensure small business owners are treated fairly as they interact with state agencies.

Mayoral appointments: Fairness in City Contracts Board and Fairness in Construction Board, 2002-2013
Both boards facilitate the city's utilization of small, women and minority-owned firms in awarding contracts for goods and services.

Served on the National Advisory Board for the National Women Business Owner Corporation (NWBOC), and site visitor for WBE Certifications, 2002-2016

Recognized by Midwest CEO magazine as one of 50 Influential Women, 2009
For “philanthropic involvement, business mentoring, and demonstrated influence beyond local business community.”

Honored as one of 12 Kansas University Women of Distinction by the University of Kansas, 2008
Bestowed upon women who, through their accomplishments, “challenge stereotypes, and are role models for women beginning their careers and rising up the ranks to make a difference in the world.”

Recognized by the Kansas City Magazine as one of The 51 Power Mavens, 2007
For “influential women who have shaped and inspired Kansas City and influenced the local business community.”

Recipient of the National WIPP Award from Women Impacting Public Policy, 2006
For “national impact on the state of women in business”

Recipient of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Region VII Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award, 2003
For “promoting, supporting, and creating opportunities for women business owners” in a multi-state region.

Recipient of the NAWBO “National Bridge Builder” Award, 2001
Given to the person who “clearly builds alliances and forms coalitions; and is involved in community outreach and is adept at pulling groups together.”

Recipient of the Women Who Mean Business designation by the Kansas City Business Journal, 2001
Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and presented to notable area women in business “who have made significant contributions to their business or industry,  and strive to better the business climate for other women.”

Judge, Stevie Awards for Women in Business, National Business of the Year Awards, 2014-2016

Judge, KC Business magazine Business of the Year Awards competition, 2009, 2010

Judge, National Association of Women Business Owners' Midwest Region Achievement Awards, 1999-2001

Judge, An Income of Her Own, girls and young women's business plan competition, 1998